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The Literacy Coaching concentration of the Literacy/Reading Instruction Graduate Certificate empowers current literacy leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to equip teachers with effective instructional practices and thereby improve student learning experiences.

The concentration is designed for current reading and literacy specialists or others with a strong background in literacy who wish to more effectively support teachers’ professional learning through literacy coaching. Program content is aligned with the most recent professional standards for literacy coaching from the International Literacy Association.

What Makes an Outstanding Literacy Coach?

Literacy coaches work with K–12 teachers to improve classroom literacy instruction and promote literacy achievement for all students. Effective literacy coaches have a deep understanding of how adults learn, of literacy instruction and assessment, and of different approaches to coaching. They also possess well-developed leadership capabilities. Our certificate program supports the career development of reading specialists and other literacy leaders by cultivating these professional skills. All courses require students to conduct related practice in their own schools.

What Will You Learn?

Graduates of the program will learn to:

  • support adult learning
  • design effective professional development
  • serve as a change agent in diverse schools
  • lead with digital technology
  • advocate for equity in literacy education

Program Format

This 12-credit certificate program comprises four classes offered in a 100% online format for 7.5 weeks each. The program is offered on a part-time basis during the spring and fall and can be completed in 2 semesters.